February 2018

Martock man downloaded thousands of indecent images and movies of children

A Martock man who downloaded thousands of indecent images and movies of children has been sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

When police examined David Trevor Taylor’s computer they discovered the illegal material which the defendant had been looking at over an eight month period.

And when they investigated his tablet they discovered that he had been looking at the illicit material shortly before the officers arrived at his address.

Taylor, 50, of The Acres, pleaded guilty that between October 6, 2016 and June 22, 2017 at Martock he made 570 indecent images and 105 movies of children in the most serious Category A.

He also admitted two more similar offences involving 307 indecent images and 22 indecent movies in Category B and 5,210 indecent images and 21 indecent movies in Category C.

He also pleaded guilty that between the same two dates at Martock he was in possession of 42 prohibited images of children.

Christine Hart, prosecuting, said that the case involved a large number of Category A images and movies and many of them were readily accessible to the user of the computer equipment. A smaller number of the images were in areas of the computer which were not easily accessible.

“When the police attended the address the defendant had his Fire tablet on at the time showing one of the indecent images, suggesting he had only recently been looking at it just before they arrived,” she said.

The magistrates said that they did not feel their powers of sentence were sufficient to deal with the case and ordered that Taylor must be sent to Taunton Crown Court to be sentenced.

They adjourned the case until March 23 when he must appear before a judge at Taunton and in the meantime ordered the Probation Service to prepare a pre sentence report.

Until his next court appearance he was released on unconditional bail but was also ordered to sign onto the national Sex Offenders Register at a police station within three days of the hearing.